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New Route of the Day (15 December 2023): Air Montenegro between Podgorica and Rome FCO

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Air Montenegro inaugurated flights between Podgorica and Rome FCO on Friday 15 December. The 2-weekly 585-kilometre service will be maintained on Mondays and Fridays with the E195 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the route.

What they said

Mark Anzur, CEO of Air Montenegro, said: “During this year, from January until November, 39,000 passengers flew between Podgorica and Rome. According to our plans for this winter season, Air Montenegro is expected to transport around 4,000 passengers to this destination, while it is anticipated that during the summer season, some 10,000 passengers will be transported.”

Andreina Marsella, Ambassador of Italy to Montenegro, noted: “The opening of the direct Podgorica – Rome route will bring Montenegro and Italy even closer. We are close countries in every aspect – culturally, historically, and geographically, but that wouldn’t mean much without the existence of direct connectivity. By expanding connectivity, we will further strengthen our political and economic cooperation.”

Air Montenegro is the fourth carrier to attempt Rome route

Montenegro’s former national carrier Montenegro Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in late 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, and was subsequently replaced by Air Montenegro in 2021, operated flights between Podgorica and Rome FCO until March 2020.

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Alitalia, which has since been replaced by ITA Airways, also operated on the route until the start of the global health emergency in March 2020.

Wizz Air was the last airline to make an attempt at the route prior to Air Montenegro’s service launch. The ULCC introduced operations between the two capital cities last year, however, the service was discontinued at the end of S23.

Air Montenegro plans 2024 expansion

Air Montenegro plans to expand its limited network in 2024. In addition to its fleet of two E195 jets, the carrier will both dry and wet-lease capacity for next summer, enabling it to expand its route map.

The airline will commence a 3-weekly service from Montenegro’s coastal city of Tivat to Izmir on 1 May and 2-weekly rotations to Baku on 3 June, while from Podgorica the carrier will inaugurate 2-weekly flights to Munich on 2 June and a weekly service to Ostrava on 18 June. All the new network additions will be operated on a seasonal summer basis.

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